What does it take to be considered a face of the fashion industry? Who are the long-limbed, leggy, glamazons that make the world’s most elite and beautiful couture come alive? They are the world’s most sought after supermodels. They are tall, thin and glamorous. They look good in every type of outfit under the sun. They work with the most renowned fashion designers. They are the faces you see on runways, in magazines and on billboards. Fashion school students study them. The whole world admires them. Here are just a few of these game-changing supermodels and the influence they have left on the world of fashion design.
Cindy Crawford is more of an enterprise than a mere supermodel. In the mid 80’s the wholesome, Midwestern Crawford made waves on the scene with her sexy body and her famous mole. She went on to grace the covers of hundreds of magazines, and she sauntered down many a catwalk. From there, she got endorsements for makeup lines and soft drinks, and appearances in Hollywood films. In 1995, Forbes magazine named Crawford the world’s highest-paid model. Her career has slowed down a bit since getting older, married, and having children, but the nineteen-nineties will always belong to Miss Crawford.
According to most fashion college students, the Brazilian-born Gisele Bundchen might as well be the first lady of modeling. Her body and face are virtually perfect, and not to mention a breath of fresh air for anyone who’s grown tired of the pouting, emaciated model. Gisele’s figure is shapely and proportional and super feminine with wide hips and breasts. Since 1999 she has been a top model, and top choice for photographers and fashion houses. She earns millions of dollars per year between endorsements and photo shoots, and she is one of the world’s highest-paid models in history.
Naomi Campbell is more than just a pretty face. In fact, it’s safe to say that no discussion of supermodels would be complete without the mention of Naomi Campbell. This sultry British import practically breathed life into the term. Campbell broke ground as the first black woman to ever appear on the cover of Time magazine and British and French Vogue. She is also renowned for her fierce runway stomp. Aside from modeling, she had a number one single in Japan with “La, La, La Love Song,” and steamed up the small screen in Michael Jackson’s “In The Closet” video. Additionally, she turned in a strong performance in Spike Lee’s Girl 6. Aside from legal troubles now and then, Miss Campbell is virtually unstoppable.
Campbell, Crawford and Bundchen are certainly legendary supermodels, idolized by aspiring models, fashion school students and fashion lovers everywhere. Who knows when the next fresh face will stun everyone by arriving on the scene? Fashion is a fast-paced industry, and each day is a new day.